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Renewable Resources

Public Act 99-0906 (the "Future Energy Jobs Act") took effect on June 1, 2017. This Act substantially revamped the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard to include new procurements and programs administered by the Illinois Power Agency. In addition, there are revisions to net metering, a new rebate for smart inverters for distributed generation projects, and new compliance obligations for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers.

As part of the implementation of this Act, the Agency has developed a Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.

Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan

Update [September 10, 2018]
Draft Adjustable Block Program Block 1 Lottery Proposal released for stakeholder comments

Updates [August 6, 2018]
Adjustable Block Program website launches. Please visit www.illinoisabp.com. The Agency expects to open the program for vendor registration on November 1, 2018, and for project applications from Approved Vendors on January 15, 2019. You can sign-up on the new website to receive announcements related to the development of program materials and information for the Adjustable Block Program. The Adjustable Block Program supports the development of new photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar projects in Illinois.

The Agency has released the final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, updated to reflect the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Orders in Docket No. 17-0838. Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan

Update [June 4, 2018]
Renewable Energy Credit Prices for the Adjustable Block Program and the Illinois Solar for All Program.

Update [April 4, 2018]
On April 3, 2018 the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a Final Order in Docket No. 17-0838 approving the Illinois Power Agency's Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. Over the coming months the Agency will update and finalize the Plan based on the Commission's Final Order, and will release additional information about upcoming procurements and programs.

If you are interested in participating in an Agency program as a household or business that is considering installing photovoltaics or subscribing to a community solar project, or if you are a developer of such projects, please be patient as the Agency and its Program Administrators develop and finalize program design, policies and procedures, and application processes.

At this time the programs to support photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar have not yet opened. The Agency will make announcements on this website when more information is available.

 What's next?

Adjustable Block Program (photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar)
Illinois Solar for All Program (low-income distributed generation and community solar and incentives for public facilities and non-profits)

  • The Agency has issued a Request for Proposals for a Program Administrator to run the Adjustable Block Program and a Request for Proposals for a Program Administrator to run the Illinois Solar for All Program (only qualified Offerors who responded to earlier Requests for Qualifications were invited to bid). Bids are due April 13 (Adjustable Block) and April 30 (Illinois Solar for All). The Agency will then review bids and select Program Administrators (subject to ICC approval).

    Once the Program Administrators are in place, the Agency and Program Administrators will announce schedules for when program materials will be available, when registration of Approved Vendors will begin, and when the programs will open for applications from Approved Vendors. At this time, the Agency does not expect Approved Vendor registration to begin until the Fall.

    The Agency will also be finalizing REC prices for the two programs and expects to release them by June 4, 2018.

Forward Procurements

  • The schedule for the competitive Forward procurements to be conducted in 2018 (for new utility-scale wind, new utility-scale solar, and new brownfield solar) will be announced later this Spring.

Adjacent State Facility Eligibility

 

Final Plan (August 6, 2018)

Initial ICC Filing (December 4, 2017)

Draft Plan (September 29 2017)

 

2018 Renewable Resources Activities

2018 Renewable Resources Activities

  • The schedule for the competitive Forward procurements to be conducted in 2018 (for new utility-scale wind, new utility-scale solar, and new brownfield solar) is available at https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/calendar/. Project registration for the utility-scale wind procurement starts on August 24 with a deadline of September 5. Bid date is October 3. For utility-scale solar and brownfield solar, project registration begins on October 18 with a deadline of October 26. Bid date is on November 28.
  • Information on the March and April, 2018 Photovoltaic Initial Forward Procurements

2017 Renewable Resources Activities

May Workshops

The Agency held workshops in May, 2017 to discuss the implementation of Public Act 99-0906. After the workshops the Agency issued Requests for Comments. Information on the workshops and the responses to the Requests for Comments are contained here:

 

Initial Forward Procurement

Pursuant to Section 1-75(c)(1)(G) of the Illinois Power Agency Act, the Agency conducted an Initial Forward Procurement for one million annual RECs from new utility-scale wind projects and for 200,000 annual RECs from new utility-scale photovoltaic projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects in August 2017. The Agency then conducted two additional photovoltaic Initial Forward Procurements each for 400,000 annual RECs in March and April 2018.

 

Distributed Generation

In 2017 the Agency conducted procurements for distributed renewable generation resources on behalf of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican pursuant to the Agency's 2017 Procurement Plan.


Renewable Portfolio Standard for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers

Public Act 99-0906 also revised how Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers ("ARES") comply with the RPS. ARES compliance with the RPS is determined by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

ARES are recommended to review the changes to the administrative rules related to their RPS compliance (Title 83, Part 455: Renewable Portfolio Standard and Clean Coal Standard for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers and Utilities Operating Outside their Service Areas).

Emergency Rules were adopted on June 1, 2017, and proposed permanent rules were developed in ICC Docket No. 17-0267.

Utility Procurements (20 ILCS 3855/1-75(c))

The Illinois Power Agency procures renewable resources for Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican to meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligations. As described above these obligations will be changing pursuant to Public Act 99-0906.

Renewable Energy Resources Fund (20 ILCS 3855/1-56)

The Illinois Power Agency also administers the Renewable Energy Resources Fund which is comprised of Alternative Compliance Payments made by Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers as part of their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligations. (Effective June 1, 2017, those payments are no longer made to the Renewable Energy Resources Fund.)

The fund is currently being used to support the $30 million Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan authorized by the Illinois General Assembly in Public Act 98-0672. View the Plan and procurement results. The Plan included three rounds of procurements in 2015/2016 that have now concluded.

As part of the Long-term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, the Renewable Energy Resources Fund will also be used to support the Illinois Solar for All Program which will provide additional incentives for low-income households and communities. See the draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan for more information.


Metering Standards for Distributed Generation participating in IPA Procurements


Eligible Generators


Distributed Generation Interconnection Requirements/Net Metering

Ameren

ComEd

MidAmerican

 

Illinois Statutes